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Friday News: Conservative family values?

MADISON CAWTHORN'S MARRIAGE JUST ANOTHER FAILED VENTURE: He often draws headlines for his speeches, as he did Tuesday at a Turning Point Action event where he called college a scam and encouraged students to drop out, as he did. Turning Point Action is a nonprofit that teaches conservative principles on high school, college and university campuses. In the same speech, he said he would be considered a radical and an extremist for believing, among other things, that people should be a Christian, get married young and have lots of children. The next day he would announce that his marriage of eight months had fallen apart. Cawthorn said that the couple found that his life in Congress was too difficult and hectic and not the lifestyle or paced they planned, he wrote. Cawthorn went on to say that they went to counseling and fought for their marriage and balance “in the enormity of such a life transition.” Don't blame Congress; she finally came to the realization you are a narcissistic clown.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article256805382.html

Thursday News: Here we go again...

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DUKE UNIVERSITY WILL GO (BACK) ONLINE FOR BEGINNING OF SPRING SEMESTER: Duke University students will start the spring semester online, university officials announced Wednesday. University leaders said after consulting with public health specialists, they decided that the spring semester should start online. "We have faced these uncertainties and challenges before, and, thanks to your dedication, we have been able to continue our vital missions of education, research and service to society. Now we must do so again," Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth said in a statement. All classes will be held remotely from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8. In-person instruction is expected to resume on Jan. 10, officials said in a statement. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is not requiring vaccinations or boosters for the spring semester. The university is requiring that all students be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus after winter break. Not smart, at all.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/duke-university-to-hold-only-remote-classes-for-start-of-spring-sem...

Wednesday News: Judicial elections matter, part 7

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3 REPUBLICAN COURT OF APPEALS JUDGES GO WHOLE HOG: The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that state government has the power to limit nuisance lawsuits against hog farms, rejecting an appeal from an environmental justice group in Duplin County. The nonprofit group REACH and several others sued in 2019 after the General Assembly passed a series of amendments placing stricter rules on when and why agricultural and forestry operations could face legal actions. A three-judge panel of lower-court judges dismissed the suit, and a three-judge appeals court panel upheld the dismissal. The unanimous decision came from judges John Tyson, Jefferson Griffin and Fred Gore. The amendments, the court ruled, are a valid exercise of state government powers. Take it to the Supreme Court. The last thing we need to do is give hog farmers the green light to spray shit on their (mostly Black) neighbors.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article256766867.html

Monday News: Nineteen thousand, one hundred twenty one

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CORONAVIRUS POSITIVE RATES ARE UP TO 7.8 PERCENT IN NC: At least 1,589,054 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 19,121 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. At least 1,584 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 on Dec. 17, including 420 adults being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. A new study published on Friday, Dec. 17, projects the omicron variant could break records for COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina. The study was published by the COVSIM modeling team, which is made up of scientists from the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Georgia Tech, The News & Observer reported. It estimated hospitalizations in the state could exceed what they were during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in January 2021 within the first few months of the new year. Limit your potential exposure, holidays can be deadly.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article256692997.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MARK MEADOWS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO NC. CONGRESS SHOULD TAKE A HARD LINE WITH HIM: Meadows made a deal to cooperate with the congressional probe, but now is refusing to sit for a deposition, citing executive privilege. He also has sued to block the committee’s subpoenas against him as “overly broad and unduly burdensome.” He had turned over thousands of pages of documents to the committee, but is withholding some 1,000 text messages. The House panel voted Monday to recommend contempt charges In advance of the recommendation, the committee released a report Sunday that contained new details of Meadows’s actions related to attempts to overturn the election results. The report said Meadows “received text messages and emails regarding apparent efforts to encourage Republican legislators in certain States to send alternate slates of electors to Congress, a plan which one Member of Congress acknowledged was ‘highly controversial’ and to which Mr. Meadows responded, ‘I love it.’” It’s also known that Meadows was on the phone when Trump pressured Georgia’s top election official to “find“ enough votes to reverse Trump’s Georgia loss. He also sought to have the Justice Department question the integrity of the election. The Jan. 6 committee wants to hear about those machinations. Crucially, it wants Meadows’s version of what Trump was doing as the Capitol was under assault and how he responded to calls for help from Capitol security officials and members of Congress. The truth is, Trump let it play out until he came to the conclusion it wasn't going to work. Then he called for restraint. It's that very delay that makes him guilty of Treason, and he knows it. And so does Meadows.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article256554171.html

Friday News: An Officer and a Gentleman

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JEFF JACKSON BOWS OUT OF U.S. SENATE RACE, ENDORSES BEASLEY: A Democrat for North Carolina's soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat said Thursday he will leave the race and endorsed the front runner. State Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg, said in a statement that "everyone needs to know when to step aside." He endorsed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, whom he described as the Democrats' presumptive nominee. Beasley "has served this state honorably for over two decades and has always fought for justice," Jackson said in a statement. "She’ll be a great U.S. senator for North Carolina. Unlike the Republicans in this race, we won’t be participating in a costly and divisive primary. If we’re going to flip this seat in November, we need to unite – and we need to unite behind Cheri.” Jeff's campaign was nothing short of amazing. He held town halls in all 100 NC counties, and several colleges and universities. People have a different (better) idea of what the Democratic Party is all about, thanks to Major Jackson. I'm proud of him, and you should be too.
https://www.wral.com/democrat-jeff-jackson-suspends-us-senate-campaign/20037259/

Thursday News: Kingmaker?

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MADISON CAWTHORN IS ADVISING TRUMP ON NC REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: In less than two years, U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn went from a little-known 24-year-old candidate to a Republican congressman with access to former President Donald Trump. Now at 26, Cawthorn has positioned himself as a bit of a kingmaker. He made that clear earlier this month, when he and Trump met with two potential candidates for Congress seeking endorsements and he brought a list of the Republicans who have Cawthorn’s seal of approval to represent most of North Carolina’s 14 districts. “Congressman Cawthorn appreciates any opportunity he has to speak with the President about the future of our party,” said Luke Ball, Cawthorn’s spokesman, in a written statement. “President Donald J. Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, and the future is America First.” You know, if it wasn't for gerrymandering, I would find this amusing, and not horrifying.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article256572866.html

Wednesday News: Let's try this again...

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UNC TRUSTEES FORCED TO DO-OVER PROVOST VOTE: The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees voted again Tuesday to approve the university’s new provost and other top administrative positions, after the panel’s votes last week on those hires faced legal scrutiny. Board Chair Dave Boliek called the emergency meeting Tuesday “to immediately end any further attempts to challenge the validity” of professor Chris Clemens’ appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor, he said. “The board has been unfairly accused of violating the law by not revealing all details of the nature of the personnel action at the time of the votes,” Boliek said at the meeting. He said the accusations have “unfairly stained this board process and this board and has created unwarranted speculation about the validity of the appointment.” Quit whining. What did you expect, considering the political environment we're in? You're not running a book club, for fuck's sake, procedures matter.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article256587291.html

Monday News: Eighteen thousand, nine hundred seventy six

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COVID 19 INFECTIONS IN NC HAVE RISEN SINCE THANKSGIVING: At least 1,566,269 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 18,976 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, Dec. 10, reported 3,606 new COVID-19 cases, down from 4,153 on Thursday. At least 1,493 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 on Dec. 10, including 372 adults being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Dec. 8, the latest date with available information, 7.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 73% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 69% have been fully vaccinated. Almost two years of this, and still one out of four adults refuse to be vaccinated.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article256503156.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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JEOPARDIZING PUBLIC TRUST IN THE IMPARTIALITY OF NC COURTS: The current turmoil over the status of congressional and legislative elections – and the gerrymandering of election districts that is at the heart of the matter – is threatening public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of our state’s courts. Since 2011 when Republican’s took control of the General Assembly they have worked to make state government and the courts more partisan – and bend rules in favor of the GOP and even look to draw judicial districts to favor Republican candidates for local judgeships. While this may be politically expedient, it is a slippery slope to where those seeking a fair hearing in our courts will come to see them only as places where justice is determined more on political affiliation than an impartial application of the law. As Republican legislators now jockey for how legal challenges to their gerrymandering of elections districts are handled, it only shines a brighter light on their efforts to politicize the courts. To whatever degree Republicans may look to point fingers and complain about partisanship in our state’s courts, they have only to look in the mirror. A good rule of thumb when dealing with the NC GOP: If they are complaining about something, they are guilty of it themselves.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-jeopardizing-public-trust-in-n-c-courts-impartiality/20023027/

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